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        1/19/2014, Shevat 18, 5774

      Taliban Says Bombing in Retaliation over Airstrike

      Boston Globe reports the Taliban claimed responsibility Saturday for an attack the day before on a popular Kabul cafe that killed 21 people, mostly Western civilians, saying it was in retaliation for a coalition airstrike Wednesday in which a number of Afghan civilians died in a village north of Kabul.

      In a statement, the Taliban said they picked a restaurant frequented by “high-ranking foreigners” where alcohol was served, adds Boston Globe.

      The attack, one of the most significant on Western civilians since the start of the war in 2001, says Boston Globe, struck at the heart of one of Kabul’s most secure districts, close to many embassies and coalition military bases.